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Just Say No - To Negativity

by Jane Ashley

We have all experienced negative thoughts and feelings at diagnosis, during treatment, and afterward. Although it may be “normal” to experience negativity, those negative thoughts and feelings only serve to drag us down — robbing us of today’s joy.

Not Afraid Of The Storms

How do we quiet those voices in our heads? Does this mean that we always have to be “positive?” Does this mean we shouldn’t face reality? Do we always have to have a smile on our faces? The answer to all of those questions is no.

What, then, is...

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August is HPV Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that some types of cancer can be prevented with a vaccination?

Hpv Awareness Month

Yes, it’s true — but not everyone realizes that most cancers caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus) can be prevented by vaccination. August is HPV Awareness Month, and this month is the perfect time to learn more about HPV-caused cancers, and why it’s so important for our children and grandchildren to be vaccinated.

What is HPV?

HPV is the human papillomavirus — this virus is the most widespread sexually-transmitted...

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Tips Learned During a 3 Year Journey With Breast Cancer

by Alyce Stewart

Today's blog post is from Alyce Stewart, (Omalayce) at WhatNext.com. She shares her experiences with four types of cancer including her latest, a 3 year run with breast cancer.  This is her story along with a list of Tips to help you get through your diagnosis.  

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My name is Alyce Stewart and I am going to be 72 in August.

In August of 2016 I told my GP that I had a strange pain in my armpit and going down the left side of my breast. I'd had it for several years and my masseuse and...

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13 Characteristics Worth Cultivating When Diagnosed With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

The diagnosis of cancer is often a shocking and traumatic experience, but we have to deal with the diagnosis. It has to be treated — ready or not; cancer doesn’t wait.

Cancer Diagnosis

So how do we cope? How do we learn to deal with the physical consequences of our diagnosis and the emotional ups and downs?
Part of the way that we cope is with cultivating and enhancing characteristics that we have, but that may lie hidden and seldom used. We all have these traits, and with a little coaxing and development,...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark - Again and Again

by GregP_WN

You've heard that saying when someone gets smacked upside the head by a swing set or some other crazy thing happens in a video on AFV, "that's gonna leave a mark". When you have cancer it leaves a mark too. Several of them, some are obvious, some are subtle, and some are hidden. With a history with cancer that covers 32 years of my life, I have a lot of marks, these are just a few of the latest ones. 

Cancer Leaves A Mark, Behind Every Scar Is A Story

Speaking, or the inability to - One of the most profound marks my latest round of...

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Liquid Biopsy - What They Are, How They Work

by Jane Ashley

Most of us know what a biopsy is — a biopsy is a procedure where a sample of tissue is removed to determine if a tumor or suspicious area contains cancer cells. The tissue sample is removed by a surgical procedure (either a small sample is obtained, or the entire lump is removed) or by a needle.

Liquid Biopsy

Most people haven’t heard about another kind of biopsy. It’s called a liquid biopsy.

What is a liquid biopsy?

Technically, a liquid biopsy is a body fluid sample (usually blood) to find significant...

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Should You Wear A Mask? Yes.

by Jane Ashley

“Should I wear a face mask?” has become an emotionally-charged question these days. You may be wondering what’s right for you as a cancer patient or survivor.

Wear A Cloth Mask

First and foremost, follow the advice of your oncologist — they know your particular situation and condition and will advise you as to what’s best for your situation.

Why should we wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First and foremost, wearing a mask helps slow down the spread of COVID-19. You may see that the recommendations...

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Chemo in 2020 Versus 1988 - Advancements But Some Things Never Change

by GregP_WN

My history with cancer goes back to 1988 when I got a crash course in what Hodgkin's Lymphoma is. That whirlwind started fast, then slowed down to a steady speed over the next 32 years. There have been some fantastic advances in cancer treatments, chemo, and the treatment of side effects. But some things haven't changed. 

Advancements In Chemo Treatments

Chemo Delivery - When I was diagnosed in 88, there wasn't a lot of time spent on education about the whole process. They didn't tell me what to expect, how it would...

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Sarcoma Cancer - What It Is And Who Is At Risk

by Jane Ashley

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcoma is sometimes considered a “forgotten” cancer. It’s rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer cases in adults and about 20% of cancer cases in children. Sarcoma is a confusing type of cancer to understand because it doesn’t occur in just one organ — it can occur in blood vessels, bones, fat, joints, muscles, and nerves. It’s considered a “connective tissue” cancer.

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Sarcoma facts – things you probably didn’t know.

1. 12,390 soft-tissue sarcomas...

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Caregiver - The Toughest Job You'll Ever Have

by Jane Ashley

Caregivers wear many hats — they act as scheduler, insurance coordinator, transportation manager, chief cook, and chief bottle washer, plus so much more. They act as second ears at doctor’s appointments. They encourage us when we’re down. They keep the household going, picking up the slack.

Comfort And Support

But caregivers are so much more. Caregivers are our cheerleaders to help boost our spirits. They entice us to eat. They remind us when it’s time to take our medications. They keep up with our medicals...

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